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Ministry Reports

3rd Quarter 2020

LEAD PASTOR
Tim Park

The summer of 2020 will be remembered for God’s faithfulness in the midst of some of the most challenging circumstances. Our team worked diligently to find creative ways to fulfill our mission, which is To know Jesus and Make Him Known.

Our Finance Manager, Griselda Chin, recently shared the encouraging news with our elders that we are currently in the positive after the 3rd quarter. The overall giving is down compared to last year, but thankfully so is our spending. We recognize that this is not a normal year, and our hope is to finish strong in the 4th quarter in order to carry out our mission in 2021. If you would like more information, please contact us at office@efreedb.org

 

ASSOCIATE PASTOR
Luke Pamplin 

July

  • Preach
  • Administrative tasks
  • COVID-19 Compliance
  • Support Emerge, Rooted, The Homestead and Life Groups

August

  • Welcome Lunch
  • Preach
  • Campus Relaunch Prep
  • Administrative tasks
  • Support Emerge, Rooted, The Homestead and Life Groups

September 

  • Rooted Kickoff
  • Teams Fair
  • Preach
  • Campus Relaunch 
  • Administrative tasks
  • Support Emerge, Rooted, The Homestead and Life Groups

 

THE ASCENT (YOUTH)
Kevin Ahn

2020 has been a difficult year for our students as it has been for others. However, our students are incredibly resilient and God is growing them so much in this difficult season. In this season, God has been growing and developing future leaders in our youth ministry.

Our midweek gatherings are still being conducted over zoom. Junior High meets Wednesday night 6:30-7:30 PM, high school meets Friday night 6:30-7:30 PM.

Our Sunday lessons have been posted onto our social media accounts (facebook, instagram, and youtube), however we will be moving to an in-person youth worship service this Sunday, 10/18/20. The service will be livestreamed on our YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0lji-5HF-LRY2XPklL7MKg).

We also kicked off a high school ROOTED group which has been an incredible discipleship experience for our students.

 

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY
Christian Clark

This past quarter has looked extremely different than ever before! As the school year ended we started meeting on Wednesday’s on zoom together! We then jumped into a virtual VBS which looked so different then ever before, but with the help of some amazing volunteers it was extremely successful! Once school started back up for the kids we re-evaluated our meetings, we took our Wednesday night class and started a video series so on school nights it's light and fun. The curriculum we had for Wednesday’s was moved to Sunday mornings. Making it so we had two meetings every week once again. Zoom teaching is very different, but the kids have been amazing and getting more and more involved. 

 

COMMUNITY OUTREACH
Kristin Neal

This has been a busy quarter for Outreach! In July, we helped our Children’s Ministry with the new virtual VBS. Where we took part in fundraising for Pioneer Bible Translators, which raised over $1,000. Thank you to all who donated! August-October, we’ve been preparing for our EFree Fall CARnival and our “Big Plans” Christmas Living Nativity Musical. Both socially distant drive-thru experiences we pray brings Jesus safely to our community. Thank you for keeping both events in prayer. 

 

SHEPHERDING MINISTRIES
Jim Wes

The Shepherding Ministries Department had a busy Summer and is rolling into a remarkable Autumn of Caring and Connecting here at His church in Diamond Bar!  We now have 7 Care and 8 Connecting (support-group-type) ministries introduced on our new website home page (https://www.efreedb.org/care ), and one more serving campus safety in the background.  Each of the Shepherding Ministries are continuing to meet (now electronically).  If you’d like to learn where and how to connect, check the website, or just ask Jim.  

Summer highlights include:  

The Safety Committee has been updating the campus with video monitoring and live attention during activities on campus.  The Care & Concern team has celebrated babies in two families and supported while our staff & some great small groups conducted memorials for five of their members and provided multi-week meal series for 7 of our families . . . and we’ve sent a bunch of celebrating and/or encouraging cards.  The Helping Hands team continues to swiftly respond to needs around the church family.  We have 3 church-wide teams and 3 study group teams that lift up Prayer Requests each week for our church family, community and nation – let us know if you’d like prayer or would like to pray with us! 

Fall plans include:

Our GriefShare groups and last year’s Operation Christmas Child (shoebox) teams have joined together this year to lead the Making Spirits Bright church-wide campaign to help low-income military families have a special Christmas.  We need donations, now, and socially-distant present-wrappers after Thanksgiving. https://www.efreedb.org/makingspiritsbright  

Our Domestic Kindness Action Team reminds us that every healthy teen & healthy adult at our church needs to be regularly reminded how to encourage Kindness in our church, our families and in our community.  Please join EFree for a FREE socially distant, live, interactive, electronic "Domestic Kindness Annual Refresher Workshop".  Saturday, October 17th at 930 am, and then join a special 6-week Coed Sunday Series on the Sundays after that!  Learn more about them at https://www.efreedb.org/dk Please sign up now!

And we are ALL gonna participate in the two major church-wide outreaches – right?!?! 

CARnival  https://www.efreedb.org/fallcarnival and  Big Plans* https://www.efreedb.org/call 

Each of the Shepherding Ministries are continuing to connect our church with our church.  If you’d like to be a part, please connect with Jim and he will connect you with a group or groups that might love to have you! We are excited to be here – and excited to connect.

 

WORSHIP ARTS MINISTRY
Eddie Lee

Worship Arts Ministry Highlights:
It has been an eventful quarter to say the least. We went through two major transitions within this quarter based on the Campus Relaunch Plan, creating even newer challenges and again, with new opportunities. Through it all, we are constantly reminded of God’s goodness and his perfect timing. Here are some highlights from the Worship Arts Ministry:

  • On July 19th, we transitioned to Stage 2 of our Campus Relaunch Plan, Campus to Home Livestreaming. This necessitated the creation of a new ministry within Worship Arts, the Livestream Ministry. We have been blessed to have several committed individuals join this ministry to help bring our services to the online community. 
  • As we continue to livestream our services online, on September 13th, we transitioned to Stage 3 of our Campus Relaunch Plan, Campus Homecoming.
  • Introduced two new songs: There’s Nothing that Our God Can’t Do and Way Maker.
  • Auditioned a keyboardist who has officially joined the team.

 

FACILITIES
Mike Scaccia 

IT related work:
Maintain/troubleshoot computer systems, network, copiers and printers.

  • Annual fire sprinkler system inspection and testing.
  • Annual fire extinguisher inspection and certification.
  • Running cabling and installing cameras for Livestream system in Worship Center and running network cabling and network switches for outdoor live services.
  • Coordinate with ClearCloud Systems for installation of security cameras and supporting hardware such as network switches, PoE injectors, and server.

General maintenance & repairs:
General maintenance including changing fluorescent lights, changing batteries in smoke detectors and motion sensors for the alarm system. General property upkeep. Plumbing and electrical repairs. Hanging banners for various events such as Online Services.

  • Coordinate with contractors and design team to help oversee the remodel project of the Worship Center. Including meeting with contractors and subs to ensure they have access to the Worship Center (opening and closing of building) and advise on location of utilities/systems such as electrical panels, water shutoffs, lighting, etc.
  • Replaced parking light bulbs.
  • Securing outdoor electrical outlets and hose bibbs.
  • Brought in a weekly crew to better maintain the landscaping around the campus. Particularly addressing the trees/vegetation around the parking spots and the areas which back up against the homes on Cherrydale.
  • Coordinating with teams for Fall Carnival.
  • Met with insurance co. field rep for onsite campus inspection and made minor repairs based on findings. 

General Worship Center/The Landing Duties:
Replacing stage and house lights. Monthly Terminix service.

  • Regarding Covid-19 protocols, ordering/supplying ppe for staff and visitors. Including fabricating touchless hand sanitizing stations, installing acrylic shield in front office, supplying disposable seat covers and cdc approved sanitizing/disinfecting solution to be used in high contact/traffic areas.
  • Design structures and coordinate with volunteers and Worship teams for outdoor Sunday services.
  • Had floors in the Landing, restrooms and kitchen polished.

 

FELLOWSHIP
Amy Boydston

Homecoming Church Service: September 13, Approximately 70 people attended the church re-launch including staff, volunteers, and congregation. Provided various pre-wrapped individual snacks to avoid contamination while using COVID-19 precautions. People were welcomed to get snacks after the service, at the direction of Luke Pamplin. There were enough leftover snacks to be set out for the next week, September 28. Andrew Boydston assisted with the purchasing and set up of the food on the rolling coffee cart. 

Upcoming Events: There are currently no planned events. 


MISSIONS
Madelyn Zaragoza

The Missions committee continues to look for new ways to encourage and support our missionaries, especially during these times. We continue to support 17 different long term missionaries and their families across Europe, Asia, and within the United States. The committee recently supported two short term stint interns, Hayley Ho and Stephen Whittington, and are excited to hear and see how God works through them and their different ministries. It continues to be a blessing and an encouragement to watch and see how God is working through the hearts of the missionaries and their families, and how they use creative means to reach out and disciple with people.